After BJP lead NDA government came into power in centre and TDP in Andhra Pradesh attacks against Dalits have increased. Could the outrage of Dalits hurt the ruling parties in the next elections?
Powerless Dalits are at the bottom of the Indian Caste hierarchy, making them vulnerable to discrimination and attacks by upper caste Hindus and treated with low-value by the government upper caste administration in the various level.
Earlier this month Dalith women were assaulted by a station inspector of police in Rapur town of Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. In a money laundering case. It all began with police subjected to torture in the name of interrogation and allegedly kicked a woman on her abdomen by SI.
In a more heinous assault by police, angry villagers stormed police station beats up constables inside the police station.
Prior to this incident, more than 300 policemen deployed to attack the Rapur Dalits. Armed Policemen allegedly attacked and ransacked Dalits colony and abducted 50 Dalits to an unknown place.
Violence against Dalits have increased or happened every month in Andhra Pradesh. Garagaparru social boycott, Agiripalli, Devarapalli, Pendurti, Pedda Gottipadu villages were the major violence in this four-year term of ruling Telugu Desam Government and BJP lead NDA in the centre.
Could violence against Dalits affect politics?
This trend of caste-based ill-treatment by government upper caste officials and violence by upper caste people erupting against the ruling government all over India. Dalit social organizations trying to consolidate their strength to power politics. On July 16 1932, granting separate electorate to SC, ST by Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar to make the powerless Downtrodden people into powerful people. But upper caste Hindus threaten Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and tinkered communal award.
The, then Political empowerment of Depressed class people have been a long pending dream. The rise and fall of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh this Millenium Dalits wanted to stand on their own legs to secure their place in Indian politics or Indian society.
Separation of Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh open doors to SC, ST people to emerge an alternate political power in the state of Andhra Pradesh. But its leadership failed to organize their population to agitate political empowerment.
In recent events in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and all over India, life has become difficult for Dalits. After Supreme court judgement on SC, ST prevention of atrocities act SCs begun to cross-checking their doubts.
Attacks Trigger Dalit leadership responsibility
In response to the attack against depressed class people or SCs by upper caste people Dalit youth questioning its leadership in social media. There is a huge debate in several Facebook community groups to consolidate their power over the ruling class. Younger generation directly questioning all the elected leaders in reserved constituency across the two states their role to play curb attacks on their community.
Section of Dalit social organizations and senior activist are preparing to contest elections. Dalits outrage added significance given that Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is preparing for general elections next year and the ruling TDP, TRS and BJP is pulling out all the stops to contain Dalit outrage.
We must remove inequality said Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar or our political structure will peril
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